Expectations are always high for the Millwood offense, especially with eight returning starters on that side of the ball.
But a big reason why the District 2A-2 coaches voted the Falcons the preseason favorite is because of a defense loaded with seniors.
Offensive stars like Cameron Batson, Alfonzo McMillian and Janari Glover transition to defense to form one of the most dangerous secondary groups in the state.
Larry Lambeth, the Falcons' bruising 235-pound running back, anchors the linebackers, while Quincy Dotson, Emmanuel Cole, Deandre Lewis and Kameron Lyons make for a scary front four.
New coach Darwin Franklin is looking to that group of seniors to lead his team back to the peak of Class 2A — a place the Falcons haven't been since 2006.
CHA FULL OF EXPERIENCE
Two facts are true about Christian Heritage that a lot of coaches around the state wish they could claim right now.
For one, the Crusaders have 10 returning starters on each side of the ball. And secondly, they've got a fourth-year starter at quarterback.
Colton Lindsey is behind center once again for CHA, coming off a junior season in which he threw for more than 1,800 yards and ran for 770 more. And the 6-foot-3, 185-pound senior added seven interceptions from his defensive position at safety.
Coach John Merrell, entering his 31st season as the Crusaders' head coach, has returning starters at every spot on offense, with the exception of one offensive line spot.